After being in Trujillo for five days now, we’ve become accustomed to our daily, individual routines. However, we as a collective group have the same school schedule consisting of Spanish classes in the mornings, followed by lunch, and an activity to end the day. As the schedule begins to feel more and more set in stone, it feels as if "El Cultural" (school) looks to make changes to the schedule that provide more learning and fun for all.
We started the day off with early morning trivia, a change from the past classes which have started off with lectures and bookwork. The trivia consisted of two teams answering fifteen questions from many different categories. Even though one team in our class won 3,000-0, it was very fun and we all learned new facts in addition to new words and phrases in Spanish. Answers to some of the questions included Bruno Díaz (Bruce Wayne), Romeo Montesco (Romeo Montague), and el Océano Índico (the Indian Ocean).
As soon as we finished our entertaining trivia game, we had a short restroom break before we headed out once again to the Plaza de Armas. In another attempt to change up the schedule and create more fun and interesting learning opportunities for us, El Cultural and our teachers had us talk to tour agencies. We all split up and found our own agency to talk to, only looking for information about historical sites in the area. After a quick two minute conversation, we all had the necessary information in order to create a presentation.
After regrouping, we headed back to the school in order to research more information, make a poster, and present the history and information surrounding each site. We really enjoyed getting out of the classroom and learning about historical sites that play a role in Peruvian culture today. Some of these sites included: Huaca Arco Iris, Chan Chan, and El Brujo. Just as we were getting used to the same 8am-12pm class schedule at the school, we instead interacted with the community.
After our informational yet fun morning, we all split up for lunch. Some of us found a small cafe for a delicious meal and some coffee, others found a cake store for a tasty treat, and others found the classic McDonalds. Everyone enjoyed themselves and came back eager to listen to a talk about Peruvian literature. The talk lasted about an hour and was very informative and interesting. It covered the similarities and differences between English and Peruvian literature, showing that while both share many qualities, like content, they differ in the styles they were written in.
One interesting fact we learned was that eleven Americans have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, like John Steinbeck in 1962. In contrast, only one Peruvian has won it; Mario Vargas Llosa in 2010. The man who gave the speech had a Masters degree in education and an affinity for Spanish literature. Everyone enjoyed the talk very much and it gave us insights into another side of Peruvian culture. This concluded another one of our exciting school days here in Trujillo, after which we returned to our host families for great company and great food. We are honored to be presented with this opportunity and are living life to the fullest. Thanks for following our journey! Nos vemos. (See you soon).